Tuesday, April 17, 2012

RODE Announces Worldwide Band Competition - RODE Rocks!

RODE Announces Worldwide Band Competition - RODE Rocks!

Guest judges include Matt Sorum (GNR), Dave Catching (QOTSA, EODM), The Hives and more.

SYDNEY, April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — RØDE Microphones is excited to announce ‘RØDE Rocks’ – an international band competition designed to locate and showcase the best in independent, unsigned talent around the world and reward them with an all-expenses-paid recording session in Hollywood with renowned producer Alain Johannes, as well as studio prize packs consisting of microphones and speakers totalling over US$15,000 in value.

To enter ‘RØDE Rocks,’ artists need to record an original composition and then create an accompanying video that features at least one RØDE microphone. After uploading the video to YouTube the artist simply needs to visit www.roderocks.com and submit their details along with a link to the video.

At the end of June a panel of guest judges including Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses), David Catching (Queens of the Stone Age), Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist (The Hives) and more will reduce the number of entrants to ten finalists, and those videos will be showcased on the RØDE website for a two week period in which all visitors will be invited to vote for their favourite performance.

First prize winners will receive return flights to Los Angeles to record at the famous Record Plant studios in Hollywood, with superstar producer Alain Johannes. Johannes is one of rock’s most in-demand collaborators, following his work with artists such as Chris Cornell, Queens of the Stone Age and more. Additionally the winning artist(s) will receive vocal training from Robert ‘RAab’ Stevenson (Kelly Rowland, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna). The resulting recording will be professionally mixed and mastered, and provided to the winning artist to release as they see fit.

Second and third prize winners will each receive a studio prize pack consisting of a number of studio and live performance microphones and studio monitors from Event.

RØDE Rocks judge and rock n’ roll icon David Catching was blown away at the scale of the prizes. “You better have immense talent to win this chance of working with Alain, John, Francis and RØDE at Record Plant, because you’ll be involved with the best of the best and coolest of the cool! This combination of bad assery is a dream come true!” he exclaimed.

“I wish I wasn’t a judge, cause I’d give my right arm to be recording with these awesome men, on these amazing mics at this legendary studio! Give it your best, because that’s what you’ll get in return!”


Scott Emerton

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